As a DSLR or mirrorless CSC photographer, there are a few accessories that you shouldn't be without when lenses come into question. Here, we've listed what we think are the five most important below:
1. Air blower
Dust can get into your camera which can create dark patches on your photos and even though most cameras now feature anti-dust features, you'll still occasionally need to remove the dust manually. One of the easiest and most effective ways is with a Hurricane Blower. You just squeeze the bulb which forces a jet of air out of the nozzle to blow any dust away. It's also handy from getting dust/sand out of other photographic equipment as well as keyboards.
2. Lens cloth
The smallest of marks, scratches or dust spots can effect your image so having a lens cloth in your camera bag is a must. Most come with pouches so make sure you use it to keep it clean and don't use the cloth to clean anything else. If you're out photographing waves or waterfalls where your equipment can be splashed, make sure you regularly wipe your lens to stop any moisture getting into it and to stop water droplets decorating your final image.
Filters are particularly useful for landscape photographers but every photographer who owns a DSLR should consider purchasing at least a UV filter as they can act as a permanent lens protector. After all, it's cheaper to replace a filter than a lens that's got scratched. Other filters to consider are:
- Polarising filters – Make the sky more blue and the grass more green. They also help cut down glare from glass or water.
- ND filter – Help reduce brightness of a shot without changing the colours of it. You'll be able to use larger apertures in brighter conditions.
- Graduated ND filter - Reduces the brightness difference between the sky and ground or vice versa if needs be.
4. Lens case
If you're taking multiple large lenses with you, then a dedicated lens case will be ideal. Op/Tech make a wide range of neoprene pouches that are shock resistant, ideal for keeping lenses safe when you want to take them with you but they won't fit in your bag.
5. Camera bag with room for extra lenses
If you're going to be using multiple lenses a lot, then a camera bag with room for extra lenses will be ideal to minimise the amount of separate things you'll be carrying around. Tamrac makes a wide variety of camera bags from shoulder bags to rucksacks, which will be ideal for use with your camera body and multiple Tamron lenses.